September 1, 2000
European Views of National Missile Defense
By Stephen Cambone, Ivo Daalder, Stephen J. Hadley, and Christopher J. Makins
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The team's discussions were rich and serious and the report suggests considerable evolution in European attitudes during the past months. As a result, the team's recommendations propose an agenda for continuing dialogue with the allies, in both official and nongovernmental channels, in the coming months as U.S. policy is reviewed by a new administration and a new Congress. While such a dialogue may not lead to consensus on all the issues involved, it can certainly, if well conducted, greatly improve mutual understanding and reduce the political consequences of whatever differences of view may persist. Meanwhile, the Council hopes that this report will serve to inform and enlighten debate in this country about European views on this important subject. The Atlantic Council hopes to be able to play a leading part in developing such a dialogue along the lines of the recommendations in the report. The views expressed in this report reflect the consensus of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Atlantic Council.